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  • Commissioners declare developers' performance guarantees in default

    BOLIVIA—After a closed session Monday night, Brunswick County Commissioners declared several performance guarantees in default.

    The performance guarantees, required by the county and signed by developers, are required for the completion of certain infrastructure projects such as roads, water supplies, curbs, gutters, sewer supplies and stormwater requirements.

    If any of the properties in a subdivision are sold, the developer must guarantee completion of the infrastructure prior to the sales, according to a Brunswick County Commissioners’ board action item.

  • County manager recommends no tax increase, no reduction in force

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners made it clear they would not endorse a tax increase to balance the county’s budget, and county manager Marty Lawing heeded their call.

    Lawing presented the recommended $198.5 million total budget for the upcoming fiscal year Monday night—trading fund balance and capital reserve appropriations for increasing taxes or cutting jobs. The fiscal year 2009-2010 $198.5 million budget represents an 11.6 percent decrease from the current fiscal year’s budget, adopted last July.

  • Blue Line Blood Drive draws 85 blood donors

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office played to host to the first Blue Line Blood Drive last week. The blood drive, which organizers hope to make an annual event, collected about 85 pints of blood.

    American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative Tanya Tilley-Hall said the blood drive, organized by Bill Miller, exceeded their goal of 60 pints of blood, with 85 people coming out to donate.

    Hall said blood donation is especially critical in the summer months when more people are traveling and children are out of school.

  • Fire destroys Brunswick County Sheriff's employees' home

    CALABASH—Keith and Laurie Smith were next door at Keith’s mother’s house when they were alerted to a fire that broke out at their unoccupied Hickman Road house Sunday afternoon.

    “I came running over and busted a window trying to get my wallet,” said Keith Smith, a captain with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, where his wife also is employed as a sergeant.

  • Ingram Planetarium set to unveil new digital system this weekend

    SUNSET BEACH—A newly installed high-definition digital projection system will debut this weekend as Ingram Planetarium re-opens to the public for a new season.

    The world’s third Spitz SciDome high-definition digital projection system is the final part of a three-phase, $255,000 project that replaces the planetarium’s old analog system, according to Scott Kucera, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation that oversees the Sunset Beach planetarium.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council reviews budget draft for next fiscal year

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council scrutinized numbers at an all-day workshop Monday to review the town’s proposed budget draft for fiscal year 2009-2010.

    The proposed, estimated $5,056,955 budget includes retaining the town’s current tax rate at 9 cents per $100 of valuation and is about $200,000 below the current year budget, town administrator Gary Parker said Tuesday.

    “We’re at a point now where this coming fiscal year we haven’t been greatly impacted by the [economic] downturn,” he said.

  • Little River getting crabby for another annual festival

    For the 28th year, a sleepy fishing village just south of the Carolinas border will come alive and get crabby as the award-winning Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival unfolds this Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17.

    Situated beneath historic live oak trees on the unincorporated town’s waterfront, the festival will encompass plenty of food, round-the-clock entertainment, rows of arts and crafts booths and children’s activities.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Second WBHS student dies following fatal car wreck

    A second West Brunswick High School student involved in a fatal car wreck last week has died.

    Caleb Hawkins, 17, died this week at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, according to hospital spokesperson Erin Balzotti. He had been listed in critical condition since the wreck.

    Hawkins, a junior, was a member of the school's wrestling and track teams and played tennis. Wrestling coach Jimmy Caraway said Hawkins was successful both on the mat and in the classroom.

  • Body of 44-year-old Ohio man found on Holden Beach

    First posted at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday.

    The body of a 44-year-old man from Ohio was found face down in the sand on Holden Beach early Tuesday morning, according to Holden Beach Police.

    The body was discovered about 20 yards to the right of the Holden Beach Pier. The man had blood under his nose, around his mouth and on his forehead.

    Holden Beach Police identified the white male but would not release his identity until next-of-kin had been notified.

  • Shallotte River property owners satisfied with changes

    Owners of property that backs up to the Shallotte River on the north side say they are pleased with the town’s decision not to plan a riverwalk on their property.

    Greg Rupp, who lives and owns a dental practice on Main Street, said this week he is encouraged by the town’s decision to change the direction of the boardwalk, the first phase of which would be built if the town receives a $300,000 grant from the state Division of Coastal Management (DCM).